New Times,
New Thinking.

  1. Spotlight on Policy
  2. Elections
11 May 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:19am

Hopes dashed as progressive alliance is buried for another generation

Labour MPs show that they are not fit for office. But Tory troubles do not end here.

By James Macintyre

This comes from the scrum outside parliament, where the media have gathered to witness the end of the Labour government and the crowning of the media-friendly Tory leader, David Cameron.

I have already expressed my views about the Labour MPs who helped that process by publicly choosing opposition and what they perceive to be their own interests over those of the country.

“We want to keep our seats,” one says. As a result of that, and the willingness of the Lib Dems to prop up a Tory government diametrically opposed to its core values (a willingness I am the first to admit I badly underestimated), the dream of a reunification of the Labour and Liberal movements lies in tatters.

Instead, Labour will enter opposition and a leadership contest that is for another day.

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via saturdayread.substack.com The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via morningcall.substack.com
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

However, with major divisions in all three parties brought about by this extraordinary election, Cameron’s leadership should not celebrate too hard yet. I just bumped into a senior Eurosceptic Tory MP who is opposed to a coalition and told me he had just told Cameron as much. He also expressed deep concerns about how the two parties could agree on Europe. Indeed.

Well, that and many other things are their shared problems now.

Content from our partners
An innovative approach to regional equity
ADHD in the criminal justice system: a case for change – with Takeda
The power of place in tackling climate change